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Rich Cherry is the Director of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), whose mission is to facilitate and execute a fundamentally change the way museums, cultural arts and science institutions in Balboa Park San Diego use of online technology. BPOC is a consortium of 27 cultural organizations. Formerly he was the director of Operations at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where he oversaw Information Technology, Operations, Admissions, Facilities, Security, capital projects and more than $70 million in ongoing construction. His has also held positions as the CIO and Director of Facilities at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the CIO of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. He has also taught New Media theory, web design and animation in the Media Studies department at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

His experience includes executive management of Information Technology, Web Services, Library Services, Digital Imaging, Museum Admissions, Security and Facility departments as well as multiple museum construction projects. He has initiated, developed funding streams for and implemented significant technology projects in all areas of museum operations, including major network infrastructure upgrades, digitization of collections, online access to the collection management systems, library catalog, educational material and selections from the archives, as well implementing and integrating retail, financial, visitor and membership management systems.

He is the co-chair of Museums and the Web conference, an annual conference with 600 attendees, that explores the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line. He serves on the National Program Committee for the American Association of Museums Conference and his organization co-organized WebWise 2012 Conference, a signature initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, that brings together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields to explore the many opportunities made possible by digital technologies.

He was board member of the Museum Computer Network serving on the executive committee and as chair of the finance committee and participated in organizing 4 years of the MCN conference. He served on the advisory board of Fluid Engage, a Mellon Foundation funded project involving an international group of designers, developers, volunteers, and advisers who focus improving the user experience of community and open source web applications with an emphasis on addressing some of the challenges faced by museums and cultural institutions as they work to incorporate new technology into their web, mobile, and physical spaces and he is a co-founder of Steve.Museum and served on the steering committee. He served on the Program Committee for the Museums and the Web Conference from 2005-2008, the WNED Life Long Digital Learning Advisory Committee, advising a regional PBS on the use of digital media for education and as Chair of the Technology Committee for the Art Museum Image Consortium, a consortium dedicated to enabling educational use of museum multimedia.

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